Art on the Beach

From February 15 to March 20, Toronto’s Kew Beach plays host to seven unique art installations by artists from across Canada and abroad. I highly recommend you go.

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ABOVE: Caitlind Brown, Wayne Garrett & Lane Shordee, In The Belly of a Bear, Calgary, Canada

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ABOVE: FFLO, Sauna, Kent, England

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ABOVE: OCAD University, The Steam Canoe, Toronto, Canada

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ABOVE: Mudo, Floating Ropes, Montreal, Canada

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ABOVE: Ryerson University, Lithoform, Toronto, Canada

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ABOVE: Sandbox, Flow, Toronto, Canada

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ABOVE: Laurentian University, Aurora Borealis, Sudbury, Canada

Words to Live By

I love quotes (who doesn’t?) and I’ve included them in many of my previous posts. The following folks are highly quotable. Here are a few of their most memorable lines.

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Abraham Lincoln

“Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.”

“When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.”

“Whatever you are, be a good one.”

Nelson Mandela

“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”

“A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.”

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

Oscar Wilde

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”

“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.”

Winston S. Churchill

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

“If you are going through hell, keep going.”

U.S. Politicians on Art

As a Canadian, I’m fascinated (and a bit scared) by the U.S. Presidential Race. And as an artist, I’m really interested in what the candidates have to say about the arts.

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Bernie Sanders

“I have continued my longstanding commitment to the arts and arts education during my time in Congress, in spite of terrible attacks on the arts from conservative ideologues. I will continue to advocate strongly for robust funding of the arts in our cities, schools, and public spaces. Art is speech. Art is what life is about.”

Hilary Clinton

“In my line of work, we often talk about the art of diplomacy as we try to make people’s lives a little better around the world. But, in fact, art is also a tool of diplomacy. It reaches beyond governments, past the conference rooms and presidential palaces, to help us connect with more people in more places. It is a universal language in our search for common ground, an expression of our shared humanity.”

Jeb Bush:

“Art makes students better…I have seen the data and students do better in math, for example, when they are participating in an organized sport or in the arts. Art is very similar to… organized sports. It teaches skills that are necessary to learn.”

Chris Christie:

“We are educating our children today for industries and businesses that have yet to be invented. In this new environment, creativity and innovation will be as important as the ability to read, write and multiply. Arts education is one of the key ways to unleash the creative capacities in our young people.”

Ted Cruz:

“We need to get the federal government out of areas it doesn’t have the constitutional authority to do… We need to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts.”

Donald Trump:

“I flirted briefly with the idea of attending film school, but in the end, I decided real estate was a much better business.”

Marco Rubio:

“We do need more degrees that lead to jobs”

John Kasich:

“The arts and humanities play a unique role in the lives of our families, communities and country by enhancing and enriching the human experience.”

A Few of My Favorite Things

For several years now, I’ve written exclusively about art. Today, I’m going to take a breather and write about some of my other interests. I’m more than just an artist.

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I’m not much for playing sports, but as a white boy raised in a small town outside of Toronto, I am a die-hard Toronto Maple Leafs fan. I will jump on the bandwagon for any Toronto team in the playoffs, but I watch and support the Leafs through thick and thin. On the flip side, I hate, hate, hate the Montreal Canadiens (love the city though).

Music

I can’t function without my tunes, and as a city slicker, I’m never without my ear buds. There are way too many musical acts to list here, but some of my favorites are: The Beatles, Bob Marley, The Clash, The Cure, David Bowie, Johnny Cash, Led Zeppelin, Massive Attack, Metallica, The National, The Notorious B.I.G., Pink Floyd, Portishead, Public Enemy, Radiohead and Tupac Shakur.

Film

I love all types of movies, but I especially love dramas and documentaries. My favorite drama is Goodfellas. My favorite doc? Much tougher. Hmm, off the top of my head…Lake of Fire.

TV

Favorite drama: The Sopranos

Favorite Comedy: Seinfeld

Books

Although I don’t read nearly as much as I used to, I am still a huge bookworm and I read every day. While I used to consume mostly classics, in recent years, my tastes have become more contemporary. I’m currently reading Infinite Jest. I love it.

Food

I am a huge pig and I’m not even remotely picky (I’ve eaten bugs). That said, I love everything from Mexican to Sushi.

Other interests

Beer, politics and swearing (usually about politics).